Jedward hit Simon Cowell, calling the music mogul “nothing but a bad facelift” in a series of explosive tweets criticizing the lack of care for artists in the entertainment industry.
The Irish twins, who became famous after making it to the live finals of The X Factor in 2009, she sent several messages on Monday, starting by saying that “their biggest regret in life” was not telling judges on the ITV program “to end.”
Factor X contestants were slaves to the program, Jedward they demanded, and were paid “zero” while others “made millions”.
When they hit the chief judge and show the creator Cowell directly, the twins, whose real names are really John and Edward Grimes, said: “Simon Cowell he thinks he is the Mafia leader of the music industry when in reality he is nothing but a bad facelift. “
They went on to mention X Factor groups One direction u Mix small in their tweets, they alleged that the bands were stung by their contracts, though they did not elaborate. One Direction finished third in the competition in 2010, while Little Mix won in 2011.
It was not always clear whether it was just The X Factor or the wider industry that the duo were criticizing in their posts to more than 680,000 followers.
“This is not our story to tell!” wrote the twins in one place. “It’s an awareness of how corrupt the music industry is! We’re sending courage and strength to all the artists who are leaving! It’s over now.”
They argued that non-disclosure agreements are “very prevalent” in the music industry, “resulting in no one talking about the abuse / things that happen!”
The music stars are “on the verge of collapse” at the end of the touring but “they want to act like everything is fine,” they said in one place. In another, they said eating disorders and depression are “very common” because “no one cares about artists’ mental health! Only money!”
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They said the artists they ask are seen as “threatening” and “blacklisted”.
Jedward said they were putting themselves “in a very dangerous position” by speaking but that “the victims in the music industry need to be heard”.
The twins found a new audience last year or so, having been a voice in their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and transgender rights, as well as in their rights. critical for those who do not comply with COVID-19 rules.
Their latest tweets come after documentaries about stars included Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Jesy Nelson of Little Mix and Billie Eilish, who all looked at the pressures of fame and work in the entertainment business.
Former Factor X contestants including James Arthur and Lucy Spraggan have previously spoken publicly about the effect mental health of participating in the show could have.
Sky News contacted representatives for Cowell and the X Factor for comments.